Denica McCall

Fantasy Writer — Bringing light to hidden worlds

In Disney’s recent remake of the classic Aladdin, the genie says something to Aladdin that I find quite profound. Here, I paraphrase in my own words:   “The more you gain while pretending to be something you’re not, the less you’ll have.”   Jafar—the villain—is the villain because he seeks power, status and riches above …

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Setup: The character, Jasper, finds himself in a very real-feeling vision, where he’s in a desert having to face the accusation and pain of all the people who have hurt him or whom he believes he has hurt in his life. It’s a desert of self-condemnation and loneliness; essentially, this world of lies that he’s …

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If you read through the gospels, it’s clear from the words that Jesus speaks and even the way that he lives that he calls his followers to a life of denial. Utter abandon, really. Leave everything and follow me. Hate your mother and your brother, and enter my kingdom. Sell all you have, then come …

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It’s amazing how comfortable the edge can feel when you know who you are. When all former needs, expectations, and wounds are left behind. When you’ve instead chosen to embrace the new creation inside of you, the one that is whole and entirely secure no matter what loss once tried to take from you. When …

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Here we are, God Fragile creatures filled with power that our frames aren’t built to hold Known and loved, tiny hearts on a tiny planet Just wanting to dream and live, because our creation from the start Was linked to your heart Art poured from your lips until the melody wrapped up empty space and …

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